Hajduk grass or Yarrow [Achillea millefolium]
I drink this tea when I have it :) It is similar to sage, bitter and beautiful ;)
Achillea millefolium is also popularly known as hajdučka trava, hajdučica, sporiš, paprac, kunica, kunji rep, mesecina.
Stories from the ancient past say that hijackers wore wreaths were woven of hajduk grass around their necks and used it to heal and alleviate injuries, which is why the name hajduk grass was created.
- It can be used in the form of tea, capsules, as a compress or as a bath.
- It has an anti-inflammatory effect and is a great help with swelling and inflammation.
- On a fresh wound, it successfully stops bleeding and accelerates the clotting process.
- It has a positive effect on the urinary and digestive systems.
- It helps in treating bladder infections, relieves stomach and stomach cramps, helps with lack of appetite and bloating.
- A friend to woman because it has a beneficial effect on women's ailments; relieves painful menstruation, relieves menstrual cramps, reduces excessive menstrual bleeding and regulates irregular menstruation.
- Stimulates sweating and successfully lowers fever caused by flu and colds.
- This herb helps lower blood pressure, successfully treats varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
- It is an excellent aid for purifying the blood and for circulation as well as for treating bloody coughs and for stopping nosebleeds.
Hajduk grass tea
- 1 liter of boiling water 20 g of flowers of hajduk grass
- pour boiling water over the hajduk grass and let it stand a bit
- proceed and drink in a sedentary manner:
- against stomach pains - one teaspoon, twice a day, before meals
- against stomach and intestinal cramps - one cup, three times a day
- against irregular menstruation - one cup, three to four times a day, two days before the cycle
Essential oil of hajduk grass
The essential oil of hajduk grass is dark blue, unlike most essential oils, which are yellow or golden in color.
It is very often used for massages and in aromatherapy.
This oil alleviates allergic reactions caused by various allergens, soothes inflammation, and eliminates cramps. It is used for the care of dry and sensitive skin.
Harvesting and drying
The flower of this plant is white or pink. The height of the stem is 30 to 70 centimeters. The leaves of young plants are light green, and the older the plant, the darker the leaves. Its name, millefolium, translated from Latin means "thousand leaves", which refers to the leaves of this plant whose leaves are small and numerous.
This plant is wild, resistant to cold, heat, drought and moisture, and grows in nature without any great demands. You can find it in meadows, glades, orchards, rocky areas, along roads and paths and even in neglected yards.
It is important to note that when picking yarrow (but also all other plants) you must be careful because it can be found even in polluted areas near roads. It blooms from the beginning of June until late autumn.
The flowers are best picked during the strong sun, because then the highest concentration of essential oils is, so the healing properties are stronger.
If it is harvested for drying then it is the perfect time to harvest in late summer and early fall.
Flowers or the whole stem are picked for drying because the remaining, lower part of the stem does not have many medicinal properties. It can be dried by tying the flower clusters with string into small bundles, which are then hung in a dry and dark place. In a few days they will be dry and then you can store them.